WHO ARE WE
The Vets on Track Foundation (VoTF) is working to reduce veteran homelessness and suicides by providing holistic care for those transitioning from life on the streets. From transitional housing immediately following homeless, to full-fledged home furnishings in a permanent home, and continuing mental and social care to inspire our warriors to discover hope, healing, and purpose – we work to ensure every veteran and first responder under our care has the necessary tools to make a successful transition back into their community.
The Vets on Track Foundation is a Virginia state and federally certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We advocate on behalf of all military veterans, first responders and their families, through our proactive outreach efforts.
Our Federal ID number is EIN: 46-3805203
We are driven to increase public awareness about homelessness, long-term care after homelessness, and educating veterans and first responders about real issues affecting their lives.
Tonight, more than 600,000 Americans will sleep in alleys, abandoned buildings, and under bridges because they have no home. Many of these are this nation’s forgotten heroes – the men and women who once proudly served in a military uniform…yet today they are finding themselves experiencing the ravages of homelessness. Without support programs like our “Veterans Outreach Services” and “Beyond the Streets,” these heroes would be placed into empty houses and have no follow-on care and support. Ultimately, they could find themselves returning to the streets before they had a chance to heal.
When you hear the term “veteran” most people immediately think of those who have served in the military. While that is true, the word veteran also resonates with those who have served our Nation as law enforcement officers, fire and rescue, as well as EMT professionals.
Often referred to as America’s 911 Force, collectively, these heroes ensure our country is safeguarded both here at home and around the globe.
So, it is at this crossroads of national obligation and social welfare that a new understanding of wellness must take root.
Our mission (goal) is to end veteran homelessness and significantly reduce the number of suicides by helping re-build self-worth, self-dignity, pride, and purpose. These are all traits needed to make a successful transition from homelessness and return as a valued member of society. The Vets on Track Foundation ensures that each veteran exiting homelessness has the necessary resources to make a smooth transition. From temporary to permanent housing, household furnishings and follow-on care, we eliminate a huge financial burden and truly give our unsung heroes a hand-up in restarting their lives.
Our vision is to establish our “Beyond the Streets” Program in multiple locations throughout Virginia and the rest of the country. We are working to establish a “Fresh Start Village and Distribution and Resource Center” in the Richmond area that will serve veterans, first responders and their families throughout Virginia. Long-term, we will develop a “Fresh Start Village and Distribution and Resource Center” in other cities across the country to support those in need – no matter where they are.
Through our “Veteran Outreach Services” program we provide veterans and their families with temporary housing through our Fresh Start Village. The Village gives them an opportunity to have a place to call home while they regain their footing in life. Through our “Beyond the Streets” program, we furnish homes for veterans, first responders and their families after they gain permanent housing from our Fresh Start Village, or directly from homelessness.
Organizations working with the homeless are doing great work in getting these heroes off the streets, but particular attention must be made once the housing is secured. Veterans are being placed into permanent housing without the basic comforts of home – like a bed, sofa, dishes, or cooking essentials. These prolonged living conditions can have a devastating mental impact and negatively affect a veteran’s reintegration back into their community.